Video: With the Continental GT, Royal Enfield is Really Trying

Royal Enfield

“If you bought a Royal Enfield,” says the knowing voice-over in Royal Enfield’s latest product video, “it was job done. It was king of the hill.”

That was the 1960s, when the scooter-riding Mods were regularly face-punching/getting stomped by the leather-clad Rockers across the UK. The Mods preferred meticulously prepared steel-bodied Vespas. The Rockers, however, rode big-bore British singles. Royal Enfield’s specialty. This latest Enfield, the Continental GT, is supposed to recall the marque’s glory days as the vehicle of choice for the hard-living, hard-partying Rockers who made places like the Ace Cafe their de-facto home in the 1960s … and, of course, liberate the dollars from the young men and women who emulate the classic Rocker style today.

This is how Royal Enfield says it…

A look into the lightest, fastest, most powerful Royal Enfield in production – the culture that inspired it, the collaborators who finessed it, its combination of retro styling and ahead-of-the-curve engineering and why it is lauded by those who know their café racers. Explore our finest expression yet of pure motorcycling.

… and here’s the video.

Royal Enfield is expected to ask about $7500 US for the Continental GT, once the bike becomes available. For that money you get a unique frame, clip-on bars, adjustable sport suspension, and enough serious-looking brake hardware to make the bike a real contender in real-world riding conditions, if not a racetrack. The Enfield crew has also increased the bike’s engine capacity to 535 cc (up from Enfield’s standard 500 cc unit). Combined with a Keihin EFI fuel system, a remapped ECU, and a GT-specific, specially designed exhaust this revised engine is good for nearly 30 hp and a fair bit of torque for such a light, nimble bike.

What do you guys think? Is this latest Enfield going to be enough to lure you into one of their showrooms as opposed to, say, a Triumph or Cleveland dealer? Let us know, in the comments!


Source | Photos: Royal Enfield, via Motorpasion, Return of the Cafe Racers.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.